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2:15 AM ET, June 20, 2006


 Top Items: 
Ben Fritz / Variety:
Friend or foe?  —  Film exex want to tap into Jobs' savvy but worry about his growing clout  —  Five years ago, when Steve Jobs was in negotiations to sell songs on iTunes, he gave music execs a choice: Either work with me or get left in the dust.  —  They worked with him.
Longofest / Mac Rumors:   iTunes Movie Store Rumblings [Updated]
Q&A: Windows Live Messenger Marks Milestone in Software-Based Services for Microsoft
Discussion: Microsoft Monitor
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
USB Air Conditioned Shirt  —  When it comes to USB powered gadgets, this doesn't just take the cake, it takes the entire bakery and then burns it down for the insurance money.  The USB shirt has two fans on the left and right sides of the back, taking in air to cleanse all the sweat off your spare tire.
Discussion: THE RAW FEED
Dhiramshah / New Launches:
USB Powered Air conditioned clothes  —  We have USB powered Beverage coolers, gloves, slippers and what not here is a something really unique, USB powered powered air conditioned clothes.  Everyone actually does have a natural air conditioner which is sweating and the air conditioned clothes …
Discussion: Shiny Shiny
Andy Kessler / Weekly Standard:
Give Me Bandwidth . . .  No one to root for in the net neutrality debate.  —  FINDING IT HARD TO UNDERSTAND the "net neutrality" debate?  On one side are the hip, cool, billionaire web service companies like Google, eBay, Yahoo, and even Microsoft.  Net neutrality is their rallying cry.
Mike / Techdirt:
Forget Net Neutrality: Just Take The Networks Away From The Telcos
Discussion: Geek News Central …
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Senate bill compromise paves the way for "Net Neutrality Lite"
Discussion: IP Democracy
Anil Dash / Your results may vary.:
Office 2007 is the Bravest Upgrade Ever  —  Short and sweet, the Ribbon and new UI in Microsoft Office 2007 is the ballsiest new feature in the history of computer software.  I've been using Office 12 for about six months, and not only has it made me more productive, I'm struck by the sheer ambition of the changes in this version.
Shane Stacks / M-Dollar:   First thoughts: the Office 2007 ribbon
Nolan Strong /
50 Cent Negotiating With Apple For Branded Line Of Home Computers  —  Rap star 50 Cent is entering the world of technology and is currently in negotiations with Apple's CEO Steve Jobs to produce a line of affordable home computers to inner-city residents.  —  According to a recent article in Forbes …
Foxconn sternly denies iPod sweatshop claims  —  Kung Tien Huang, Taipei; Rodney Chan, [Monday 19 June 2006]  —  Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) has sternly denied a report insinuating that the company was making iPods for Apple Computer in sweatshops.
Discussion: TechSpot
Paul Miller / Engadget:   Foxconn denies iPod sweatshop accusations
Jay Rosen / Washington Post:
Web Users Open the Gates  —  A decade after major news providers such as The Washington Post began publishing on the Internet, they are finally beginning to ask the right questions about what the Web can do for them and their readers — and to realize how disruptive web technology is to traditional journalism.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why Apple Won't Open Source Its Apps  —  Tim Bray's "Time to Switch?" is a nice tangent to my "And Oranges" piece from Thursday; he's considering the same Mac OS X-to-Ubuntu route as Mark Pilgrim, and he lists both reasons why he wants to switch, as well as some of the issues that would make it unpleasant.
Hakon Wium Lie / CNET
Perspective: Microsoft's forgotten monopoly  —  The story of how Microsoft used its monopoly in operating systems to acquire a dominant position in office applications and browsers has often been told.  But there's another Microsoft monopoly that's rarely mentioned, even though most of us see it every day.
Discussion: M-Dollar
New York Times:
Verizon Sues Vonage in Patents Dispute  —  Vonage, the Internet telephone startup, said today that it was being sued by Verizon Communications in a dispute over the underlying technology that allows voice calls to be delivered over the Internet.  —  The lawsuit adds a new challenge for Vonage …
Fiona Morgan / Wired News:
Battling the Copyright Monster  —  How does a filmmaker document the world around her when the sights and sounds that make up that world are copyright protected?  —  Law professors Keith Aoki, James Boyle and Jennifer Jenkins co-wrote and produced the comic book Bound By Law?  Tales From the Public Domain.
Discussion: loadedpun
Paz / Coolest Gadgets:
Seeing with sound headset  —  When I first started writing on this blog one of the things I wrote about is why people have such a passion for gadgets.  I argued that people bought gadgets because they wanted either to show off, collect them as fashion accessories, or because they hadn't lost their childhood love of toys.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and 21talks
Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Live, Nude Black DS Lite!  —  Here it is, four days before it goes on sale, the black DS Lite.  A retailer at a UK games store snuck this bad boy home, stripped it and took a buncha photos.  Our own Florian will be line-standing for one of these black beauties to give one lucky contest winner.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft looks beyond Gates for new ideas  —  Microsoft is looking to replace Bill Gates with a computer.  —  Okay, that's not entirely true.  Many of Gates' duties are being handed off to Ray Ozzie and Craig Mundie as part of the tech icon's effort to step away from day-to-day technical leadership at Microsoft.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Opens IM to Developers  —  Yahoo Messenger, with 60 million worldwide users, just got a lot more interesting.  Today at 6pm PST Yahoo is launching Yahoo Messenger 8.0 for Windows PCs and releasing a software development kit to allow third parties to create content plugins that users can add to their Yahoo IM.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Why I'm Going to Work for Zooomr  —  Zooomr, experience the world through photos.  —  I love photography.  More than anything else this is where I find my heart, mind, thoughts and time these days.  When I was 15 years old my parents bought me my first 35mm camera.  It was a Sigma and it rocked my world.
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Olympic-Themed Lenovo F20 Sports Coca-Cola Design
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Peter Rojas / Engadget:
T-Mobile Sidekick 3 gets official
Robert Young / GigaOM:
Of Social Nets & Business Models
Discussion: Publishing 2.0
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Feeds Of Evil  —  I decided it's time to unsub from feeds …
David Marmaros / Official Google Blog:
Publishing your Google Calendar
Net students 'think copying OK'
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
Designer Bluetooth: Jabra JX10
Discussion: OhGizmo! and SCI FI Tech
 Earlier Items: 
The undersigned:
Discussion: What's New
Darren / Digital Camera Reviews, Ratings …:
New System Blocks Digital Photography
Discussion: Gizmodo and I4U News
Evan Blass / Engadget:
DirecTV Titanium: the ultimate couch potato package
Discussion: SCI FI Tech, TechEffect and HD Beat
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Flash cashing in on growth of Web video
Sara Ivry / New York Times:
Some Sites Off Limits, Even in a Newsroom
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wetpaint Launches: Wikis Evolve